Vietnamese love fish, and seafood, that’s undeniable. With 3,260km-long coastline and a short distance to the ocean no matter where you’re in the country, and a large number of fishing villages, fish is abundant in the country. We eat small fish, big fish, sweet water, salt water fish, and all kind of fresh seafood you can imagine, along with fish sauce, shrimp paste, fish paste, and dried seafood, etc. Yes, we cook seafood (in one form or another) almost everyday and can’t live without fish sauce. That’s an eating habit we can’t eliminate even for people who now live abroad.

It’s a great thing. Eating fish can provide an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that benefit your general health. However, it comes with a problem: THE smell. Frying fish, slow simmering (kho) fish and cooking fish sauce indoor develop a strong funky smell that lingers your house for quite a while. Soon after I got married, whenever I cooked seafood, my husband (who is Caucasian) would walk right down from his office upstairs. Making a funny face, and fingers squeezing his nose, he would say “Honey, thúi qúa!” translating to “honey, it’s so smelly!” This made me laugh all the time with his cute accent, but I know, I gotta solve that problem.

Here comes the rescue: a portable stove. Yes, a back yard kitchen for cooking seafood outside!

Now I can cook outside, fry, simmer fish and seafood outdoor and leave the house odor-free. Portable stoves come with 2 kind, gas and electric. I prefer electric stoves, because I would not be worried about running out of fuel. Most houses have electric outlets outside, you can plug it in and ready to go.

Here are some of good electric stoves you can get:


Measures 19-1/2 by 11-1/2 by 4-inch. Brushed stainless-steel housing; non-slip rubber-feet; low-silhouette design. Individual adjustable thermostats; separate “on” and “ready” indicator lights. Durable cast-iron plates heat up quickly and ensure stable heat retention. 1300-Watt large plate and a 500-watt small plate.
1-year limited warranty.

1300-watt portable single burner provides extra heating options. Durable cast-iron plate heats up quickly and ensures stable heat retention. Adjustable thermostat; “on” and “ready” indicator lights. Brushed stainless-steel housing; non-slip rubber feet; low-silhouette design. Measures 10-3/4 by 11-1/2 by 4 inches; 1-year limited warranty.

1500-Watt combined
Cast-iron flat heating plates
Power indicator light
Dual adjustable temperature control

1000-Watt self-cleaning element. Adjustable temperature control. Chrome-plated drip pan. Cool-touch base.

1400-watt portable burner with 2 cast-iron solid plates
Individual, adjustable temperature settings; separate “on” indicator lights
Automatic safety shut-off with thermal fuse; non-slip feet for stability
Low-silhouette design stores away easily; beautiful chrome exterior
Measures 13 by 20 by 4 inches

900-watt portable single burner provides extra heating options. Solid-disc heating element for thorough coverage. Adjustable thermostat; cycle indicator light. Skid-resistant non-marking feet; low-profile design. Measures 10-1/2 by 11-2/7 by 4-2/5 inches;
1-year limited warranty.

If you don’t have one yet, get one now. I also got a double burner for my mom on the Mother’s Day, and she loved it! A great gift for mom for the up coming Mother’s Day if you don’t know what yet to buy! 


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